DOL-VETS Releases Amendment to SGA for HVRP Grants

DOL-VETS Releases Amendment to SGA for HVRP Grants
$4 million available for Urban and Non-Urban grants, applications due May 12
The Department of Labor has announced that Sections II.C and VI.L.2 of the Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA-15-01) for the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) have been amended. The updated language is included below. 
To download the entire updated version of the SGA, visit, and click on the Related Documents tab.
Section II.C.  Additional Year Funding
Should Congress appropriate additional funds for this purpose, VETS may consider up to two (2) option years of additional funding for grants awarded under this solicitation. USDOL does not, however, guarantee option year funding for any grantee.
Section VI.L.2  Performance Measures.
For purposes of assessing performance of grantees selected under this SGA, VETS will focus on the following four critical performance measures: enrollments, placements, placement rate, and cost per placement.  However, VETS will require the grantee to fully comply with all planned performance goals by meeting at least 85% of their planned cumulative quarterly goals, see Appendix C  if a grantee does not meet threshold of performance in these categories, then a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) will be required.  VETS will also require grantees to report additional performance information, as explained in the Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) for Competitive Grantees (Appendix F).  There are three (3) outcome measures with established historic and strategic targets for HVRP grants. 
  • The national target for placement rate is 65%.  DOL VETS also expects grantees to meet a rate of 53 percent for entered employment. 
  • The 2nd outcome target is the retention rate at three quarters following placement with a performance target for grantees to meet a minimum rate of retention of 65 percent.  
  • The third outcome target is the cost per placement. Cost per placement should not exceed $3,000 per placement. 
We may consider a higher cost per placement if the applicant can justify that the higher cost per placement is needed to implement a job-driven employment and training strategy that will result in better employment outcomes.  Applicants should consider these historic and strategic targets when proposing the goals submitted within their application.
Additionally, please note that USDOL tracks the entered employment rate (EER).  The EER is determined by dividing the number of participants who obtained and retained employment one quarter after their initial placement or when they “exited” the program by the total number of participants who have exited the program.  In order to determine the EER, the program must track the employment status of their enrollees after they leave the program by contacting them.

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HUD Releases ESG guidance document - ESG and Consolidated Plan Conforming Amendments: An Overview of Changes

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HUD Releases ESG guidance document - ESG and Consolidated Plan Conforming Amendments: An Overview of Changes

This week, HUD issued a new document to assist Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program recipients and subrecipients in understanding the Consolidated Plan requirements related to ESG, entitled ESG and Consolidated Plan Conforming Amendments: An Overview of Changes. The purpose of this resource is to identify changes to Consolidated Plan requirements that were made by the ESG interim rule, provide the locations of requirements in the eCon Planning Suite template screens, and provide guidance on these requirements. It does not provide instructions for completing the screens in the eCon Planning Suite, which is addressed in the Con Plan in IDIS Desk Guide. HUD encourages recipients to review all of Part 91, as amended, for a complete understanding of all requirements because this document does not address all Con Plan requirements, only changes made in the interim rule.
For recipient and subrecipient staff who are already familiar with the requirements, this document can be used as a reference. For new staff, it can be used as a resource to help with learning the requirements.
On November 22, 2011, HUD conducted a webinar entitled Changes to the Con Plan Regulations. This document complements and expands on the information provided in that webinar.
If you have questions regarding this document, please submit them to the HUD Exchange Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the AAQ portal, select “ESG Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

News Alert: HUD Releases Registration Notice for FY 2015 CoC Program

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HUD Releases Registration Notice for FY 2015 CoC Program 
This morning, Tuesday, April 28, the Department of Housing and Urban Development released a notice that Continuums of Care (CoC) may now register for the CoC Program Competition. The Fiscal Year 2015 CoC Program Registration process is open for only 20 days and will close at 7:59:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 18. The registration notice also informs CoCs of their policy priorities and what types of projects will be eligible for reallocation.